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      The Minus Man

      R 1999 1 hr. 55 min. Drama List
      58% 36 Reviews Tomatometer 46% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score Aimless Vann Siegert (Owen Wilson) takes a bizarre turn in life and becomes a serial killer, tracking down the miserable, the self-destructive and those who otherwise seem willing to die. His first victim is wretched junkie Casper (Sheryl Crow). After disposing of her body, Siegert rents a room from turbulent couple Jane and Doug Durwin (Mercedes Ruehl, Brian Cox). From there, Siegert plots his murders, gets work at the post office and falls deeper and deeper into a psychotic haze. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 31 Buy Now

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      While its subdued thrills and lack of answers may prove frustrating, The Minus Man delivers a chillingly measured performance from Owen Wilson.

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      Chuck Houck C A bafflingly under-appreciated film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/05/24 Full Review ronald h Some films can be appreciated for their craftsmanship and mood, in spite of their distasteful content. Remember "Psycho?" None of the characters were really likeable, and the story was certainly unpleasant. But we all agree that it's a great movie because Hitchcock made it so. Not that "The Minus Man" comes anywhere near Hitch's masterpiece, but it's admirable for a few of the same reasons. The storytelling is deadpan and straightforward, with no flashbacks, quick cuts, or flashy camera work. The actors, with one exception, are impressive. And the plot….Well, it's pretty weird. Vann (Owen Wilson), a young drifter, arrives in a small northern California town one night. His first stop is the local tavern, where the disagreeable bartender (John Carroll Lynch) is serving beers to a scraggly young lady named Laurie (Sheryl Crow). There is some disagreement about her ability to pay her tab, so Vann offers to cover it, and the next thing we know, the two are heading off in Vann's pickup truck. Laurie is a junkie, and after she pulls out a hypo and shoots up, Vann offers her a drink of Amaretto. It's apparently poisoned, because she's dead in a rest stop bathroom within minutes. Crow is a dreadful actress, obviously cast because of her star power, but thankfully we're rid of her early in the film. The rest of the cast members are impressive, especially Wilson. He's charming and seemingly naïve. Everybody in the pleasant, white picket fence little town likes him, especially middle aged Doug (Brian Cox) the man who rents Vann a room and helps him get a job sorting mail at the post office. Doug's wife Jane (Mercedes Ruehl) is initially reticent about Vann. Turns out that her first reaction to him was justified: The guy is a whack job who goes about the business of poisoning random citizens of the town. Next in line is the local high school football star. There's a healthy dose of black comedy, but the mood of dread never lets up. We know what the townspeople are in for, but they don't. Vann meets post office co-worker Ferrin (Janeane Garofalo) and strikes up a tentative relationship with her. Will she be the next victim? What about good old Doug, who kind of adopts Vann as the son he never had? Vann talks to the audience in voice overs throughout the film. He is blithe and indifferent, just describing his normal daily activities to us. It's a creepy effect. Even more weird are Vann's dreamlike sequences with two cops who suspect him (Dennis Haysbert and Dwight Yoakam). Cox's performance is phenomenal. He's got serious emotional and mental issues. His daughter is missing for reasons not explained, he's got a bad relationship with his wife, and he self-flagellates. I found myself wanting to see more of him. It's hard to evaluate this movie overall. It's well directed and acted, but it's oddball. And the ending will make you insane. So watch it accordingly. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review adam b My first time seeing Owen Wilson is this kind of role, I had really no idea what to expect. Let me just say this; I'd watch more movies with Wilson as the bad guy. He's such an interesting actor, especially in this role Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member If all serial killers were like Owen Wilson, nobody would care. This a slow. drawn out character study of a nice guy serial killer, nothing like Ted Bundy, who kills in the most boring way possible. There is no tension, because there is no chance of him being caught, and you don't care about the people he is killing. The psychological aspect of delving into the mind of a serial killer is amateurish and without insight. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Reasonably compelling. Enjoyed how random his journey seemed to be. Enjoyed Owen's portrayal of nice guy killer. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review jon c Owen Wilson, Sheryl Crow, Brian Cox, and Jeanine Garafalo a movie about someone no one would expect Wilson plays a serial killer who on the outside seems harmless enough but what is really going on inside his head? he specifically targets people who complain about their everyday lives after moving into a married couple's house he bides his time choosing the next several victims it's a soft little thriller digging into the psyche of a psychopath but with a calm demeanor he even hallucinates about two officers that have been chasing him since day 1 hoping that soon he will slip up who knows how long someone like this can avoid being caught while also acting ordinary? Wilson plays it so calm and collected but you can definitely tell there's something not quite right with his mannerisms even with murder involved nothing too special but solid performances and a relaxing mood make for a nice time-killer so to speak Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Rated: B Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Globe and Mail Rated: 3/4 Apr 25, 2003 Full Review Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times Rated: 4.5/5 Feb 14, 2001 Full Review Anton Bitel Projected Figures A sociopathic serial poisoner provides everyone with the nihilistic zero they need in this intelligent and disheartening dramatic thriller for Generation Blank. Jul 16, 2007 Full Review Caffeinated Clint Moviehole A powerful performance by Wilson....and believe me, you've never seen him like this! Rated: 3/5 Mar 11, 2006 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 2/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Aimless Vann Siegert (Owen Wilson) takes a bizarre turn in life and becomes a serial killer, tracking down the miserable, the self-destructive and those who otherwise seem willing to die. His first victim is wretched junkie Casper (Sheryl Crow). After disposing of her body, Siegert rents a room from turbulent couple Jane and Doug Durwin (Mercedes Ruehl, Brian Cox). From there, Siegert plots his murders, gets work at the post office and falls deeper and deeper into a psychotic haze.
      Director
      Hampton Fancher
      Executive Producer
      Larry Meistrich, Steve Carlis, Joseph J. DiMartino, Keith Abell
      Screenwriter
      Hampton Fancher
      Production Co
      Shooting Gallery
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 1, 2010
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $368.8K
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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